OJ Simpson must pay the families of his alleged murder victims any income he earns from his book containing a hypothetical description of the killings if it is ever released, a judge ruled on Tuesday.
Los Angeles Judge Gerald Rosenberg said proceeds from the scrapped book If I Did It must be used to pay off the R250million awarded against Simpson in a 1997 civil case for the 1994 murder of his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman.
Lawyer Jonathan Polak, representing the Goldman family, sees the ruling as a significant victory.
"They took a beating in there. The judge was very clear that we get the money if this book is ever published," he said.
"Plus there will be a sale to completely divest Simpson of any rights he might hold. He will never again be in a position to profit from this book."
Simpson's attorney Yale Galanter said the move was a "hollow victory" because the book rights are of little or no value.
Last month a judge ruled Simpson must use royalties from previous movie and television work to pay off any outstanding civil damages against him. - Wenn